Basnight officially becomes Dare County Commissioner

By on December 4, 2023

Basnight, seated on the far right, at her first meeting as a Dare County Commissioner.

In a process that took about a minute, former Dare of Education Member Bea Basnight became the newest member of the Dare County Board of Commissioners during the opening moments of its Dec. 4 meeting—gaining the unanimous support of her new colleagues.

Her appointment fills the vacancy left by the Oct. 18 death of Commissioner Jim Tobin, and it follows the Nov. 9 decision by the Dare County Republican Party’s Executive Committee to nominate her for the post.

Basnight, who spent a dozen years on the Dare Board of Education, also served as a teacher in the system for 35 years. Describing herself as “a middle of the road person” politically, also has switched parties in recent years. A Democrat while on the education board, she switched to unaffiliated about three years ago and moved into the Republican column about a year ago, acknowledging that in red-leaning Dare County, “I needed to be an ‘R’” to compete for political office.

After the Dec. 4 vote, Basnight literally assumed her new position, taking her place on the podium next to Commissioner Rob Ross to become the only woman on the seven-member body.

Also at the Dec. 4 meeting, Commissioners Bob Woodard and Wally Overman were re-elected board chair and vice-chair respectively, with no other names being offered in nomination.


  • Not Surprising

    The chamber of commerce controlled crony capitalist Dare County Commissioners unanimously welcome one of their own to their board.

    Monday, Dec 4 @ 2:45 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Nice run of alliteration there, Not.

    Monday, Dec 4 @ 5:27 pm
  • Congratulations

    Congratulations to the Dare Democrat Party. You work hard and are willing to take one for the team. Mission Accomplished!
    To the RINO Party who has stabbed every GOP member in the back, Goodbye

    Monday, Dec 4 @ 4:40 pm
  • Tyrrell Johnson

    Are people of color allowed on this board? Asking for a friend.

    Monday, Dec 4 @ 5:38 pm
  • Not 2 Surprising


    The alliteration was not intentional but here is an earnest effort. If you say it real fast it rolls right off the tongue.

    — Chamber controlled crony capitalist county commissioners confirm compliant colleague.

    By the way — Thanks again for the valuable public service you and your staff provide for the citizens of the Outer Banks.

    Monday, Dec 4 @ 6:11 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Say that three times fast.

    Monday, Dec 4 @ 7:37 pm
  • Dave

    Continuity counts, congratulations!

    Tuesday, Dec 5 @ 5:48 am
  • Dan-O

    I am quite sure Bea is in it to “serve her community.” Quite sure.

    Tuesday, Dec 5 @ 7:44 am
  • RicknKDH

    A duck is a duck is a duck, no matter what the designation. A small point of order to note is that she wasn’t voted on or in by the people. Selected is not elected.

    Tuesday, Dec 5 @ 12:38 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    That’s right, people are appointed to fill such vacancies, but if Bea wants to keep the seat, she will have run for it next year.

    Tuesday, Dec 5 @ 9:03 pm